Louisiana

Mardi Gras

NEW ORLEANS – The most popular time to visit New Orleans is the extended weekend before Mardi Gras (so in 2019 that would be arriving no later than March 1 or 2 and staying through Ash Wednesday, March 6). Come then and you’ll be sure to catch the most popular parades, like Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, Rex and all of the festive celebrations throughout the whole city. Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Most visitors will plan to arrive no later than Saturday, March 2, 2019 in order to enjoy an extended weekend of festivities. Family Gras 2019 takes place Friday, February 22 – Sunday, February 24. Learn more about this FREE celebration of carnival in Metairie with outdoor concerts by both national artists and Louisiana’s own! >MORE

Chicot State Park

Located in the Prairie Cajun Country between the Atchafalaya Basin swamps and the hills of central Louisiana, offering a geographical mix of ecosystems that showcase some of the most stunning vistas the Bayou State has to offer. Louisiana’s largest state park is home to trails, water playgrounds and the Louisiana State Arboretum. Many state record freshwater fish have been caught in the waters of Lake Chicot. Paddlers can take a slow ride through the marsh in a kayak or canoe. A hiking trail encircles picture-perfect Lake Chicot, with primitive campsites located just steps from the path. a refuge for an array of wild animals. Bring your binoculars, tread quietly and you might catch a glimpse of elusive bobcats, whitetail deer, raccoons and coyotes. >MORE